AFP-MO Applauds Senate Passage of Right to Work Bill

JEFFERSON CITY – Americans for Prosperity-Missouri (AFP-MO), the state’s leading grassroots organization advocating for Missourians’ right to work, today applauded Senator Dan Brown, President Pro Tem Ron Richard, Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe, and the other state senators who voted to pass the Senate’s right-to-work legislation.


AFP-MO state director, Jeremy Cady, states:

“Right-to-work is about providing workers a basic freedom, and about creating the most competitive economic environment we possibly can for our state to prosper.

“Through their swift action on right-to-work, Senator Brown, the senate leadership, and their colleagues have opened the door for our state to enjoy lower unemployment, greater job growth, population growth, and income growth. We encourage the state house to quickly pass the senate right to work bill and send it to the governor for his signature.

“Our work doesn’t end here. Right-to-work is only one piece of a labor reform agenda and we look forward to continued economic growth and worker freedom through enacting pro-worker reforms such as paycheck protection and prevailing wage in the near future. We applaud the House Committee on Economic Development for passing paycheck protection yesterday and encourage both chambers to pass the bill.”


To read Jeremy’s testimony on the House’s Right to Work legislation, click HERE.

BACKGROUND

  • Between 2001 and 2011, right to work states added 1.7 million jobs, while forced union states lost over 2 million during the same time.
  • From 1990 to 2011, right to work states experienced over 42 percent gain in total employment, compared to 19 percent for forced union states.
  • Over the past decade – excluding the four states which just recently granted worker freedom – right to work states’ private sector employee compensation increased by 16 percent, nearly double the 8.7 percent average for forced union states over that time.
  • When adjusted for cost of living, workers in right to work states have 4.1 percent higher incomes, according to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Michigan.
  • From 1990 to 2014, eight of the top ten states for job growth were right to work states. Nine of the bottom states for job growth were forced union states.

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